Saturday, 31 July 2010

Cambridge Folk Festival Invades 2UIBestow [Friday Review]

This weekend on the blog I'm delighted that singer and songwriter from Cork Maria Byrne will be reviewing the Cambridge Folk Festival directlky from the festival for 2UIBestow. Maria has released an excellent EP this year which resulted in Jo Whiley describing it as 'Sweet Sweet Music'.

So Friday opened with a Scottish ceilidh band complete with piper called Breabach. A good turnout blew away the cobwebs of last night's festivities dancing to their footstomping reels.

Next up on the main stage was The Quebe Sisters. Consisting of three sisters (Grace, Sophie and Hulda Quebe), a guitarist and a double bassist, their choice and interpretation of covers was simply excellent. The sisters, all accomplished fiddlers, sing in close harmony which brings to mind 1940s big band classics. Their cover of Les Paul's 'How High The Moon' was superb, putting to use the three fiddles in place of Les Paul's electric guitar layers on the record. Their version of 'Georgia on my Mind' is certainly one to check out.

Sharon Shannon took to the stage with her band. I've seen Sharon many times before, and Imelda May once or twice but never together so I was intrigued to see how this was going to work. Sharon played a couple of the old favourites including Blackbird before asking Imelda to join her for a song they recorded together, Go Tell the Devil, on Sharon's latest Album Saints and Scoundrels. Before the song even started I'm impressed as Imelda told the audience it had been recorded in Sharon's kitchen with the double bassist in the toilet! Their collaboration worked really really well, each musician in the band having a turn at a solo. What I really love about Sharon is that she looks at the band as she plays always smiling you just think there is a band really enjoying themselves. Joined by Imelda who has enough charisma to charm even the weariest of hearts these two ladies exceeded already high expectations.

The early evening slot saw a typically rousing set from now veteran Cambridge hero Seth Lakeman. Much of the set was made up of tracks from his latest album 'Hearts and Minds' before he finished with the ever-popular Kitty Jay.

So the debate began whether to watch Seasick Steve or a band none of us had seen before called Mama Rosin. In the end the rain forced our hand over to stage 2 for the lesser known folksters. The cajun/blues trio from Switzerland took arrived with banjo, melodeon and guitar, we even got a dose of washboard later on in the set! Upbeat and energetic, within the first three songs any thoughts of the torrential rain outside the tent were forgotten. Musically, their mix of rock and roll with traditional instruments made for a different exciting set - a definite festival highlight.

To close out the second stage was The Wonder Stuff. Not what you would class as a 'folk' band, but they offered a violinist in the form of the dainty Erica Nockalls which would have satisfied the die hards. It also worked really well when Miles took to the stool for some acoustic tracks from his back catalogue. The high point of their set would have to be the popular 'size of a cow', but the inclusion of a dedication to the late Kirsty McCall was a really lovely way to end day two.

Friday, 30 July 2010

Album Review: Peter Doran - Sleepless Street

Second Album from Mullingar's Peter Doran is an instantly likeable album of mature ballads, wonderful vocals and insightful lyrics.

I seen Peter Doran support Nick Kelly in Whelans well over a year ago and discovered his debut album 'Wood' relatively recently. 'Wood' is a very ambitious debut full of big sounds. In contrast 'Sleepless Street' finds Peter Doran singing delicate beautifully arranged songs accompanied by strings. The mood created by the Cello in particular within the album reminds me a lot of Damien Rice's 'O'.

The album kicks off with the big sound of 'Hunter's Sketches' which doesn't do much for me to be honest. The next three songs however are wonderful. In particular 'Pathways' which would be on regular rotation if I were the controller of music for a radio station. It's a great song with a catchy guitar rift, background cello strings and the vocal melodies any songwriter would be proud of. 'Pathways' for me is the main track on the album and worth the price of the album alone!

The next song to grab my attention is the Mic Christopher sounding 'The Composer'. It has that swagger in the song which can automatically make the body move. It's a song about the challenge of being a composer of songs and letting them go into the world!

Even when the sound is stripped back to just Peter's vocals and guitars the results are gripping such as in the song 'Steeped in You'. I find it very easy to be transported through the stories in each of the songs on 'Sleepless Street' due to Peter's fine vocals. To make an ultimate comparison I think Peter's vocals are the close to David Gray's vocals from 'White Ladder' era.

'Sleepless Street' is a quality album of intelligent songs sung by a singer with a great voice. It has upbeat rock tracks, delicate ballads, piano based tracks, strings, gripping lyrics and even concludes with an epic seven minutes plus swooning ballad which gave the album it's title. If you're a fan of people like Make Geary, Tom Baxter, Mic Christopher etc. then this album is right up your street!

Peter Doran - Sleepless Street [11 out of 12]



Buy The Album -

Listen to Pathways:

<a href="">Pathways by Peter Doran</a>

Cambridge Folk Festival Invades 2UIBestow [Thursday Review]

This weekend on the blog I'm delighted that singer and songwriter from Cork Maria Byrne will be reviewing the Cambridge Folk Festival directlky from the festival for 2UIBestow. Maria has released an excellent EP this year which resulted in Jo Whiley describing it as 'Sweet Sweet Music'.

Hello to the lot of ye!

We are at Cambridge folk festival 2010 so myself (Maria Byrne) and Dave (of the Daves) will be here on Peter's blog every day for the next four to keep you up to date.

So it's early on Thursday, my first impression is that Cambridge is very much a family friendly intimate festival, with two main stages and a capacity of 10.000. In its 46th year it's definitely grown from the 1,400 that came here in 1964. I've heard the festival is busier this year than any other which reflects the thriving folk scene at the moment.

The first band to open the festival are a duo from Cambridge called Ezio. Ezio are a good example of Cambridge's choice to book not only 'folk' acts but more alternative stuff too. Their sound is bluesy/rock and with one electric and one acoustic they also manage to produce a big percussive sound. The second stage is the smaller of the two, and already packed above and beyond capacity. Maybe they could be accused of starting a bit slow, or maybe it was our salivating over excitement to see some music but they soon upped the tempo to kick off Cambridge 2010.

The next band were a 10 piece Cornish sea-shanty band from Port Isaac called Fisherman's Friends. This band were high on my expectation list and definitely did not disappoint. Imagine a welsh male voice choir meets sea shanty's meets folk music and you're there. Ranging from sing along foot-stompy tunes to slower hit you right in the heart numbers, they had the crowd absolutely in the palm of their hands. Unaccompanied, these 10 lads sang some of the most amazing harmonies I have ever heard (and I love a good harmony). In between songs John Cleave (who I guess might be the nominated story teller of the group) kept the crowd entertained with tales of the sea, and a few inuendo's thrown in for good measure. Standing in line, each member takes the lead across a range of songs, one of which was 'Pay me my Money down' which went down like a house on fire. A rendition of 'Sloop John B' was recieved with an almighty roar and to finish 'South Australia' left the bass notes echoing in my rib cage right to the end. You could tell immediately that the impact of this band on a hungry folk audience was huge, and I honestly felt like I could go home from the festival now happy. I had a little chat to the band afterwards about Ireland and the music scene at home, my draw dropped slightly when they told me they have never played there before. They then asked me 'Do you think they'd like us?' to which my reply was ' get on the plane, now'.

Next up was Lissie, who has been climbing her way to the front of the ticker tape with the rest of lady singers slowly and steadily this year. Having been joined on stage at sxsw with Ellie Goulding, and praised on Jools Holland by none other than Courtney Love, she's definitely on the right path to the spotlight. Lissie has a Fleetwood Mac/Katie Tunstall type sound which stands her out against the rest but her voice is immediately engaging - like instant soul, is there such thing as instant soul? Each song was met to rapturous applause, finishing with 'When I'm Alone' (my personal fave) her single from earlier this year.

Last up we have Stornoway. If I heard 'hotly tipped to follow Mumford & Sons' once, I heard it a million times. Having seen Stornoway a few times I'm already a big fan, but I have a bit of a problem with the M & S's comparison because they are nothing like them, except that they are both young english folk bands. The essence of the band's songs are folk, but there are definitely a few Buddy Holly-esque pop tinges in there. They started off the set slowly picking up as they went on - 'Fuel Up' is a great track live as is the earlier single from this year 'Zorbing' which they ended with and had the whole tent dancing.

So that was the music for day one, but other than the stages at Cambridge there is a lot of spontaneous breaking into song, weird and wonderful people abound playing various instruments (we had our breakfast this morning to the tune of a hurdy gurdy (!!) from the neighbouring tent) and I've never seen the likes of the get up as my mother would say.

Today we'll see our irish favourites Sharon Shannon and Imelda May along with Seth Lakeman, Seasick Steve and The Unusual Suspects. See you tomorrow!

Maria & Dave

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Le Cheile - Full Music Schedule

Friday 30th July - Cafferys 8pm

Mick Flannery
Henrietta Game
Baker Jnr

Creans 8.30pm

Fight Like Apes
Planet Parade
Grand Pocket Orchestra

Saturday 31st July - Creans 6pm

The Richter Collective

Not Squares
Hands up who wants to Die
The Continuos battle for order
Boutrous Bubba
Grey Mayhem

Caffreys - 8pm

Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club
Oliver Cole
Simon Fagan

Sunday 1st Aug - Caffreys 8pm

Jack L
Saramai Leech
Emily's Eldest

Creans 8.30pm

Noise Control
Cast Of Cheers
I Phoenix
Seven Days

Monday 2nd Aug - Creans 5pm

Weapons Inspectors
Stars On Fire
Red Queen Contest
The Von Shakes
Eskimo Kid

Isn't this a great poster?

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Album Review: Resurrection Fern - Transcend Mortality

Full of charm and warm fuzzy folk from Athlone band Resurrection Fern. This album will be assured of a place in my best of 2010 lists.

Resurrection Fern is Bean Dolan accompanied by a whole host of various musicians. Many of the musicians on the album are members of UK folk band Jukebox Gypsy. The one problem about naming your project after an Iron & Wine song is that it'll be the first place you'll arrive at when looking for easy comparisons which obviously do exist. I feel the distinct difference between Resurrection Fern and Iron & Wine is the multi vocal harmonies which are present on many of the tracks including the main track on the album entitled 'Brothers':

Resurrection Fern - Brothers by 2uibestow

The better songs on the album are those uplifting tracks like 'Hummingbird Hearts' 'Wall' and the opener 'Something Unlike Love'. I particularly love the refraining lyrics at the end of 'Brothers' and at the outro to 'Stay in the Sun'. The quality dips a little when the tempo slows as I find Bean's voice doesn't grab my attention in the same way as the up tempo tracks. The vocals do require the supportive harmonies or an increase in tempo.

Transend Mortality ends with an excellent Irish folk instrumental which brings me to green fields in the middle of Namaland. Overall there's real quality here in this album and in a different time would become a hit in the folk world. I think this album is worth the money I spent on it ..... [€10] and will be a keeper that I'll return back to again and again.

Resurrection Fern - Transend Mortality [11 out of 12]

Garry O'Brien Headlines Whelans Aug 5th

I would love to be at Whelans for Garry's gig but I'll be at Boyles for a 'Live At Boyles'. Garry has massive potential, great songs and is a wonderful guitarist. He is also a very sound lad who has something special.

Arthur's Day - New Artists Announced

.... I want to blog Guinness Just Fuck Off

.... but that would be childish and well there really is nothing better than a pint of plain ....

I really dislike the way these 'Our Thursday' gigs are going. I can only imagine how soul destroying it must be for an artist or band to get kicked out of the competition because you didn't bring enough mates and family with you! Especially if you get knocked out to a band that is shite!

Anyway it's a recession and Guinness want their product sold and look after their interests while apparently giving new bands a helping hand ......

St James's Gate

Bands: Snow Patrol, Guinness Our Thursdays Finalist plus very special guests

Tickets: €10

Studio Venues

The six larger official Arthur's Day Studio venues will showcase an exclusive named Arthur's Day line up of several bands and artists.

Folan Quay, Galway Harbour

Bands: Newton Faulkner, Magic Numbers, Sharon Shannon, Guinness Our Thursdays Finalist plus very special guests

Tickets: €10

Wow The Magic Numbers must have shares in Guinness for them to be playing for a second year running .... or maybe this is the only way they'll ever play a sold out gig?

The Savoy, Cork

Bands: Paolo Nutini, KT Tunstall, The View, Slow Club, O Emperor and Our Thursdays Finalist

Tickets: €10

Waterford's fine band O Emperor

The Academy, Dublin

Bands: Brandon Flowers, Plan B, Jose Gonzales, Eliza Doolittle plus very special guests

Tickets: €10

The Olympia, Dublin

Bands: Carbon/Silicon, Our Thursdays Finalist plus very special guests

Tickets: €10

Vicar Street, Dublin

Bands: The Maccabees, The Hoosiers, Fortune plus very special guests

Tickets: €10

The Village, Dublin

Bands: Kelis, Tinie Tempah, Example, We Have Band plus very special guests

Tickets: €10

You do have to take your hat off to the PR department in Guinness. What an excellent line-up!

To Arthur for 251 years!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Jennifer Evans: Scattered [Official Video]

I massively encourage you to check out this video by an amazing folk singer Jennifer Evans. This song 'Scatterd' is just so beautiful and hints at a great debut album from Jennifer Evans later on this year.


Monday, 26 July 2010

'The Future' - Brownbread Mixtape Weds 28th July

The monthly themed sessions night returns this Wednesday with a cracking line-up:


Leanne Harte |

Pearse McGloughlin |


Phil Lynch

Karl Parkinson |


Rory O'Hanlon



Brand new funny skits and sketches on the theme of the night as written and performed by the resident brownbread players (Gus McDonagh, Sean McDonagh, Kalle Ryan and Eva Bartley).

If ya want to check out the talent that is Leanne Harte check out a free mp3 hosted on the artists website:

Hopeless Cases

Friday, 23 July 2010

'Live At Boyles' Mixtape

Here's a mix of 9 songs from artists performing in Boyles over the next three weeks!

RedTwelve - Save Me by 2uibestow





Hogan - PS your crazy by 2uibestow

Arrow in the Sky - Verbal Waltz by 2uibestow


Arrow in the Sky

Eoin Glackin

Peter Doran

Brian Clarke

Peter Doran - Filling Spaces by 2uibestow

Shaz Oye - Dance with Me by 2uibestow


Shaz Oye


Enda Reilly

Aisling Kavanagh

Enda Reilly - the open highway by 2uibestow

Jezzebelle - I Just Can't Stay Away by 2uibestow

Wayne Brennan - Make You Smile by 2uibestow


Wayne Brennan

The Lonely Schizophrenic

Stephen James Smith

Alan Marshall

Andy Delamere

The Lonely Schizophenic - Rest in Pieces by 2uibestow

Peter Doran Invades 2UIBestow [Part 5]

Peter Doran is a Mullingar singer and songwriter of immense talent who is in the process of releasing his second album entitled "Sleepless Street". Check out for more details. This week I'm delighted that Peter has agreed to be the guest blogger.

Recording Sleepless Street

Today sees the worldwide digital release of my second album "Sleepless Street" on itunes/amazon and other major digital stores.

It was recorded and will be released independently. So to mark the occasion I thought I'd speak a little about the recording process for this album.

The first recording session for "Sleepless Street" took place in Tuscany, Italy last September. I had been invited by Producer Filippo Gaetani, who a few weeks previous had discovered some of my demo recordings online. The first songs we worked on were "Hunter's Sketches", "Sacred Place" and "Pathways". For these tracks we had the pleasure of working with the very talented Colorado-based drummer Brian McRae. We worked very quickly in the few days we had together. It was quite strange to be working on recordings with a guy half the world away. We recorded guide guitar and vocals in Tuscany and then sent the files via Internet to Brian. We would offer him some suggestions and direction and then he would go ahead and record the drums and send them back to us. It was a cool way to work, and I love the drum sound and performances on these tracks.

We then arranged and booked some studio time at Grouse Lodge Studios in Westmeath. It was here we recorded the bulk of the album. It was amazing to be recording in the same rooms that have been used by Michael Jackson, Muse, Snow Patrol etc. Filippo flew in from Italy to produce the sessions. It was a spectacularly cold January, and it took a while to get instruments and hands warmed up and primed for action! But once we got moving and in full flow there was no stopping us. Over the course of 3 days we got major work done on seven tracks from the album. Drum and Bass duties were handled by my good friends and band members Barry Coyle and Cani Bruton. Filippo and I both played some electric and acoustic guitars.

I had my first experience of recording piano on "When You Can" and "Eternity", it was pretty scary but I'm proud of how they turned out. These two songs also benefited from some beautiful Cello playing by Gerard Toal. We recorded hours and hours of material. These various takes and arrangements were all transferred onto Filippo's hard-drive and he headed back to Europe to try make sense of it all!

This was followed by many sessions at VeeBee studios in Mullingar where we recorded lots of additional guitars, vocals and bits and pieces. We also spent a day in the beautiful Hellfire Studios in the Dublin Mountains where we put down strings for "Sacred Place", "Pathways" and "Someone Else's Heart". At this stage we were very nearly finished... For the next step on the journey I flew To Vienna in Austria to hook up with Filippo again and finish up all remaining vocals and other minor overdubs. This was around the time of the volcano ash cloud that had brought air travel to a halt across Europe. Which resulted in me being stuck in Vienna for an extra few days and getting some really nice vocal takes recorded. So it all worked out well.

The very final stage of the album was to take it to Abbey Road Studios in London for mastering. Here we ran it through the very best of audio equipment! The same console that was used for the recent Beatles remasters no less! This stage I felt really brought the album together as a cohesive unit, and gave all the recordings a very warm and creamy quality that I love.

So there you have it, a blow-by-blow account of the making of a record. It was a fun journey, and I hope you can enjoy the results.

~Peter Doran

"Sleepless Street" is available now on itunes

Listen or Buy here and now from Bandcamp!

<a href="">Hunter's Sketches by Peter Doran</a>

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Wicklow Artists Live Fest - Aug Bank Holiday

Friday 30th July, Saturday 31st July, Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd August

Single all weekend ticket: €25

Family All Weekend Ticket: €50

Per Day Event/Workshop: €5.00 payable at the door

Per Night events/workshops: €10 payable at the door

Some of the standout bands playing include:

Friday: Clockwork Noise

Saturday: Lisa Cuthbert,
Vyvienne Long,
Blind Yakety,

Monday: Dirty Epics,
The Crayon Set

I just found this and wow .... Vyvienne Long doing The Cure's Lullaby at The Sugar Club!

Live At Boyles - Summer Gigs

Over the next three weeks there'll be four 'Live At Boyles' concerts featuring the very best in musical talent out there at the moment.

July 29th - Rock Night


August 2nd - Folk Night

Arrow in the Sky,
Eoin Glackin & Band,
Peter Doran,
Brian Clarke

August 5th - Songwriter Night

Shaz Oye
Enda Reilly,
Aisling Kavanagh

August 12th - The Lonely Schizophenic & Friends

Wayne Brennan,
Stephen James Smith,
Alan Marshall,
Andy Delamare
and of course The Lonely Schizophenic!

All gigs begin at 9pm and are free in! See ya there ..... right?

Peter Doran Invades 2UIBestow [Part 4]

Peter Doran is a Mullingar singer and songwriter of immense talent who is in the process of releasing his second album entitled "Sleepless Street". Check out for more details. This week I'm delighted that Peter has agreed to be the guest blogger.

My relationship with Football

Aside from Music, one of my other major loves would be sport. To be more accurate : Football. When I was younger I was very eager, and I would have called myself a Manchester United fan.

I don't know exactly when it was but I can remember players like Cantona, Hughes, Ince, Bruce and Giggs all being major players at the time.

At some point in my teenage years music cut into my life in a big way and took centre stage and all of my attention. I became oblivious to almost everything and my sporting life was put on hold. I didn't watch and I certainly didn't play... I went many years without so much as a glance at the beautiful game! It's only in the last few years that I re found my love for it.

Both my Father and younger brother are long-term Tottenham Hotspur fans. This proved to be my route back into the world of football. It started innocently at first, and then before I knew it I was completely possessed and shouting my lungs out with 36,000 other lunatics in White Hart Lane (Spurs home ground in London).

It always amazes me how people become so attached to a sport and a team. We get totally infatuated and invested in the whole affair. Much like following a band or musician. You're always waiting for new song/albums/tours etc. With Football you're just as eager for the next game / result / transfer rumour etc. But it's much more of a roller coaster ride with sport I find...

When you're totally hooked. Your nerves are torn to shreds, the highs are spectacular and the lows are sickening. But this is what we sign up for. I for one can't wait to go through it all again.

Roll on the new Season!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Watch The Swell Season @ Hollywood Bowl

The Swell Season headlined a night of Boy/Girl bands on Sunday night in the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Opening the night was 'The Bird and the Bee' who released a superb album a few years back. Also playing were 'She & Him' in which Zooey Deschanel returns to the venue she visited with Jim Carrey in the movie 'Yes Man'.

Here's the Setlist:

1.Buzzin' Fly Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova only (Tim Buckley cover)

2.Low Rising

3.The Rain

4.In These Arms

5.Lies Glen & Marketa only

6.If You Want Me Glen & Marketa only

7.Leave Glen & Marketa only

8.Back Broke

9.Into The Mystic (Van Morrison cover)

10.I Have Loved You Wrong Marketa dedicated this performance to Colin Farrel whom she indicated was amongst the audience

11.When Your Mind's Made Up

12.Falling Slowly Glen & Marketa only


13.Say It To Me Now Solo by Glen with his story about busking in Ireland

14.Drive All Night (Bruce Springsteen cover)
15. The Parting Glass

Peter Doran Invades 2UIBestow [Part 3]

Peter Doran is a Mullingar singer and songwriter of immense talent who is in the process of releasing his second album entitled "Sleepless Street". Check out for more details. This week I'm delighted that Peter has agreed to be the guest blogger.

My Favourite 5 Books of all time (In no particular order)

* Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts
* Grapes Of Wrath - John Steinbeck
* East of Eden - John Steinbeck
* One Hundred Years Of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
* Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

Today I want to share with you 5 of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading. I find I go through phases with books. Sometimes I can go on a great run and get lucky with a string of great reads. Other times I get stuck with the same book for months on end, and I can't get into the groove at all. These 5 books have all made a big impression on me, and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anybody. So if you're on the look out for something new to start reading, why not dive into one of these classics! I think I might rediscover one of them myself soon!


Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Villagers Gets A Mercury Nod

Big congratulations to Villagers for being nominated for a Mercury Award for the debut album 'Becoming A Jackal'.

Villagers follow in the footsteps of U2 [Achtung Baby - 1992], Therapy? [Troublegum - 1994], Gemma Hayes [Night on My Side - 2002], The Thrills [So Much for the City - 2003], Fionn Regan [The End of History - 2007] and Lisa Hannigan [Sea Sew - 2009] as the Irish representative at The Mercurys!

Have a listen to the album here!

Villagers - Becoming A Jackal by musicmusicmusic

Peter Doran Invades 2UIBestow [Part 2]

Peter Doran is a Mullingar singer and songwriter of immense talent who is in the process of releasing his second album entitled "Sleepless Street". Check out for more details. This week I'm delighted that Peter has agreed to be the guest blogger.

Today I'd like to talk a little about songwriting.

Songwriting, like any craft, is something that can be developed and honed, improved and perfected. But it's a tricky business all the same. To me, the most precious thing about a song is the spark that starts it off... the trigger. It can be a very elusive thing to track down. In fact generally you can't. If you go hunting for an idea, totally focused and determined to write something, you rarely come out with anything of note. You search and dig and scratch your head furiously, yet nothing inspires. So I think there's a lot to be said for being patient with songwriting, or maybe just lucky!

Most often I find the song or at least the early rumblings of one will come to you when you're not actively searching. Some will start with a word or a phrase, others with a melody. With lyrics, often something will happen that will send your thoughts in a certain direction. Then maybe you can't stop thinking about this one thing and you have to make a song, a place to house the ideas. The behaviour of the musical muse can be just as difficult to predict! One day your fretboard looks like the most dull and thoroughly over-harvested thing you've ever seen. The next it seems full of new and wonderful possibilities where anything can happen. These are the good days :)

Then you push on and try to write as much as you can, they won't all be good, but hopefully you'll learn a little with each new effort. Maybe if you're very lucky, what you've done might resonate with someone out there.

Here's a song called "The Composer" taken from my new album, which deals with the idea of writing & creating. Hope you like it.


<a href="">The Composer by Peter Doran</a>

Monday, 19 July 2010

Peter Doran Invades 2UIBestow [Part 1]

Peter Doran is a Mullingar singer and songwriter of immense talent who is in the process of releasing his second album entitled "Sleepless Street". Check out for more details. This week I'm delighted that Peter has agreed to be the guest blogger.

First off, Thanks to Peter for inviting me along to share some thoughts with you this week. I am honoured.

When asked to lend my musings to the 2uibestow blog for this week, I got to thinking quite a bit about the Irish music scene, and my introduction to it about ten years ago.

I realised that one of my earliest memories as a gig-goer was going to see Mundy play in his home town of Birr some time around 1999. Jelly Legs, as far as I can recall, was freshly released.

I remember the night relatively clearly; it was a solo gig, Mundy was set up in the corner of the room, he played hard on his guitar and filled the air with song. The crowd in good spirits and voice gave their all in singing back. I hadn't started writing any of my own songs at this stage but I don't doubt that this show may have got the wheels turning on the concept!

The "Jelly Legs" album remains to this day my favourite Mundy release, boasting such song writing treasures as "Gin & Tonic Sky", "Reunion" and of course the wonderful "To You I bestow".

So, today I would like to share with you my interpretation of the song that gives this blog it's name.
I hope you enjoy it!

Speak soon,


Peter Doran - To You I Bestow (Mundy Cover) by 2uibestow

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Rising Stars on Soundcloud

Rising Stars was a band competition with the prize of playing to a few hundred folk in the Dublin Soul Festival. Each band allowed an mp3 to be used for promotional use and they were put onto Soundcloud. These mp3s are still live and ready for your attention here ....

The best of are below for your listening pleasure ....

Clockwork Noise

Clockwork Noise Egoeccentric by RisingStars


Jupe - 42nd Avenue by RisingStars

Queen Elvis

Queen Elvis - Easy by RisingStars

A Band Called Wanda

A Band Called Wanda - Western Lights by RisingStars

Adela and the Meanits

Adela And The Meanits - Boogie by RisingStars

Colin Scallan

Colin Scallan - Strength In Numbers by RisingStars

Emily's Eldest

Emilys Eldest - Driving Saints by RisingStars


Jezzebelle - Down & Out by RisingStars

Murder Plan

Murder Plan - Soul Dance by RisingStars

The Bionic Rats

The Bionic Rats - Wah Wah by RisingStars

Sean Needham Irish Tour

I can't believe more people don't about the wonderful music of Sean Needham. The album he released last year was one of the most positive optimistic albums you are ever likely to hear!

See Sean Needham Live in September:

Sept 16th - Boyles, Slane

Sept 18th - Cobblestone, Dublin

Sept 24th - Bluestack Jam Club, Donegal

Sept 25th - Sandinos, Derry

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Road Records .... hit the Road!

Road Records are closing on July 24th. I'm blogging this because I've seen some great performances in Road Records over the last years. Road Records will be missed by many. Due to geography I wasn't a customer as much as I wanted to be!

I stood next to the dude who recorded this by Mark Geary with Ann Scott and Peter Doran for company ....

Here's the always brilliant Pugwash!

Here's Neil Hannon having a ball in Road Records ....

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

U2 @ Live Aid

It's been 25 years to the day since U2 became the biggest band in the world with their performance at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid. Who says charity doesn't work?

They played just two songs in their short set. They began the set with Sunday Bloody Sunday ....

Their second song Bad included snippets of Satellite of love (Lou Reed) + Ruby Tuesday (Rolling Stones) + Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones) + Walk On The Wild Side (Lou Reed) during it's extened 12 minutes!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Introducing Botched Fairytale

Botched Fairytale is the forthcoming album by Mariel McCormack and Marie O Hara, recorded in Cloonagh, Co Mayo and Keanagh, Co Longford. All music is written, preformed, mixed and mastered by the duo. The album is available in mp3 format below and if you email the band you will get the physical copy by post.

Initially I thought the music didnt amount to much but as I've given the songs a few more listens I'm getting quite impressed. Here's the best track ....

The Flats by Botched Fairytale

I suppose Botched Fairytale sound a bit like Bat For Lashes but an even more alternative version. It's difficult to generalise and describe the sound but with every listen I'm appreciating it more and more.

Chasers by Botched Fairytale

Get more tracks here ....

and contact the band here for an album ....

Steelcapped Toes by Botched Fairytale

Alien Envoy [Nick Kelly] - Nine Lives Album Details

Nick Kelly recently completed his 'Gestation' project to come up with a new album over nine concerts in Whelans over nine months.

The album's called "NINE LIVES", and according to Nick's message below to his mailing list it's very special for at least nine reasons.

From Nick Kelly .....

1. As the name suggests, it's live. "NINE LIVES" was recorded at Whelans, Dublin, over the course of Gestation, the nine-month interactive project which concluded in May. I can't think of anybody since Michelle Shocked who's put out a live album of totally new material. No overdubs, no underhand studio trickery.

2. It's got loads of great people singing and playing on it. People like Ann Scott, the Softly Swelling Strings, Joe Chester, Briana Corrigan, Boo Hewerdine, Colin Morris, Emmaline Duff-Fallon, Pete Pamf, Bill Blackmore's brass section, and The Fat Lady Sings.

3. It's not too long.

4. Some people already own it. If you made it down to the last Gestation show on May 26th, you already have your free copy of "NINE LIVES" in an individually numbered wallet. For the official retail release, I've expanded the packaging to include lyrics, sleeve notes and a selection of images contributed by brilliant and generous artists, one for each song. So even if you already have your free copy from the gig, you may still want to order the new version to get all that cool new packaging, complete with your own name credit (see 6, below).

5. But you'll still be well ahead of the posse if you pre-order within the next couple of weeks. Order your copy before midnight on Thursday July 15th, and I'll ship it to you by July 30th. It won't be in the shops until October 1st.

6. And you'll be personally immortalised in the album artwork. By pre-ordering the record, you're sponsoring the release - and every sponsor's name (or that of the person they choose to nominate in their place) will be credited on the official (and very gorgeous) album artwork. One name credit per album ordered, order as many as you want.

7. The artist responsible is ALIEN ENVOY, rather than Nick Kelly. I've decided to use ALIEN ENVOY rather than my own name to release this record for two reasons: one, it seems to better reflect the collaborative nature of this record's creation (more like a band or collective than a solo artist); and two, because it just sounds kind of cool and interesting.

8. It's fantastic value. I want as many humans as possible to hear "NINE LIVES", so I'm selling it for just €12 (plus P&P).

9. It's a great record. Obviously I would say that. But it is, honestly.

You can pre-order your copy of "NINE LIVES" at the newly-redesigned Self Possessed Records Shop at (To celebrate our redesign and new release, and to clear some shelf place in our stock room, we've slashed the prices on my back catalogue CDs too.)

And remember, the cut-off date for getting your name on the artwork is midnight on THURSDAY JULY 15th.

You can keep in touch with my future plans for ALIEN ENVOY via the official facebook page at And please feel free to spread the word - you are my main publicity machine.

"NINE LIVES" track listing as follows:

1. Donnybrook
2. Everything's Wrong
3. Anaesthetic
4. Untidy
5. 45
6. Arthur Ashe
7. Kingfisher Blue
8. Christmas In The City (Orla's Song)
9. Infrastructure

Here's a preview from the album .....

Sunday, 11 July 2010

New Irish Music from Good Seed PR

The wonderful people over at Good Seed PR are using Soundcloud very effectively to promote their Irish roster. Here's a little mix consisting of new singles and tracks from some of the best bands out there. I particularly like the Relief single and the Carosel single!

New Indie (Irish) Releases by GoodSeedPR

More info ....

Thursday, 1 July 2010

10 Best Irish Songs of 2010 so far!

I'm shutting up shop until at least July 10th and I decided I'd leave with a mix of the best 10 songs I've heard this year from Irish artists.

1. Resurrection Fern - Brothers

I seen Bean Dolan aka Resurrection Fern support The Jukebox Gypsys in Boyles a few weeks back when he played this beautifully written tune. The lyrics are deep and the harmonies are so majestic especially at the end of the track.

Resurrection Fern - Brothers by 2uibestow

2. Anthony Furey The Young Folk - Sad Day

Anthony Furey's debut album will be in my top 10 of the year. It's an honest album of simple but effective tunes. Sad Day is a great opening track.

Anthony Furey & The Young Folk - Sad Day by 2uibestow

3. Burning Codes - Can You Hear The Sound

The Burning Codes album is superb and needs to be checked out. Here's the best track from the album!

Burning Codes - Can You Hear The Sound by 2uibestow

4. El Hombre Jokes - Just Don't Get Along

El Hombre Jokes are a great band with really great tunes. I love their sound and their ambition. This band will make it!

EL Hombre Jokes - Just Don't Get Along by 2uibestow

5. Bellajane - Egg Shells

I regularly listen to Bellajane's debut EP entitled No Strings. The vocals are great and the songs are quality.

Bellajane - Egg Shells by 2uibestow

6. Eric Eckhart - Lost

American born Eric Eckhart who is now Berlin based released a fine debt album this year. Much of the album was written while Eric was living here. Here's a brilliant radio friendly song which needs to be listened to!

Lost by Eric Eckhart

7. Fiach - Stop

'Stop' is my favourite track from Fiachs fine debut album released earlier this year.

Fiach - Stop by 2uibestow

8. The Dirty 9s - Trouble

The Dirty 9's are one of the best bands I've had the pleasure of seeing live this year. While I didn't fully connect with their debut album I love this album closer.

The Dirty 9s - Trouble by 2uibestow

9. Keith Mullins - Mistake

Out of all the new albums I've heard this year I think I've listend to Keith Mullins' album more than any other. It's a great collection of Americana tracks. I had 'Mistakes' playing in my head no spot for a week!

Keith Mullins - Mistakes by 2uibestow

10 Reader's Wives - Eyes Like a Hutu

I really love the attitude of this song taken from the recent EP Victor's Mother Juliet by Reader's Wives.

Reader's Wives - Eyes Like A Hutu by 2uibestow

BRB ..... July 10th